Doing good at WELCA Doing Day

17 Doing Day Colleen & Barb - web

WELCA Doing Day on March 15 was filled with mission work that will benefit many around the world. The quilters completed 5 quilts. The quilts made throughout the year were distributed to many local missions along with Lutheran World Relief.

Also completed and sent to Lutheran World Relief were:

  • 42 baby care kits
  • 39 school kits
  • 34 personal care kits
  • 20 fabric kits

Kits completed and delivered to Global Health Ministries included:

  • 46 newborn kits
  • 26 hospice/AIDS kits

We took time out for a wonderful potluck lunch, and the CKP students came in and performed for us. A big “Thank you” to everyone who donated items and helped put the kits together. A special “Thank you” to Bruce and Jeannine Allen for delivering the kits to Lutheran World Relief and Global Health Ministries in the Twin Cities.

17 Doing Day Colleen & Barb - web

17 Doing Day Quilt - web

17 Doing Day Marilyn & Barb - web

17 Doing Day Genny & Shelly - web

2016 Annual Report

2017 Narrative Budget Feature

At St. John’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 29, 2017 (11:30 am), the congregation will review the annual report from 2016 and vote on business for the future of the congregation.

Download the 2016 Annual Report here.

Be sure to take a look at the Narrative Budget as well – it explains the ministry we do together as a congregation and how your financial giving supports that ministry.

Haiti Trip Informational Meeting


There will be an informational meeting about our trip to Haiti on January 11 at 7 pm, following worship.

This meeting is for anyone who is interested in going in June 2017. Dates are still being worked on.

More about our ministry with Haiti at

Reflecting on the first year, looking ahead to a great summer

Pastor Dana

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

Pastor Dana O’Brien
Associate Pastor

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been at St. John’s for just over a year. (I started in May 2015.) And I just want to thank you all for this last year. I know that lots of the stuff we tried was a bit different for many of you – certainly not something that you were used to – but you jumped in with both feet, often going well outside your comfort zones to try something new. You were even willing to humor me on some of those things you may have thought were really weird (watching movies in worship, for example).

I was particularly reminded of how great you all are last week. On Tuesday, we had our most recent ministry of encouragement (MOE) visit to the local elementary school. I had never done an MOE this big before – over 100 people – and I’ll admit I was a bit concerned about whether we could pull it off. But I needn’t have worried. On Tuesday morning we had about 15 people who came and set everything up with an efficiency that was pretty darn impressive. And then there was the food! Over 30 people prepared so much food that we filled up three tables, had some piled up under the tables and had to bring some back. God’s abundance reflected through the people of St. John’s!

And then on Wednesday, we had our first worship service in the park. Again, so many people stepped up to be involved. People brought food, helped set up (a special thanks to Terry Czeck for sharing his grilling skills), and then stayed to clean up afterward. If our first service was any indication, the kids will definitely be taking the lead. They participated in communion, in the bike blessing and singing, and they did a great job starting to fill our jar with stones as they shared places they saw God this last week.

Not to be outdone were all of you who worshipped Sunday morning. (It was so packed we almost ran out of bread for communion – a wonderful problem to have. C’mon, I challenge you – bring your friends and neighbors, so we have so many people we have to use two loaves on Sunday morning.) Anyway, not only did you show up big time on Sunday, but you also stayed for quite awhile to chat afterward – really nice.

I look forward to the remainder of the summer, with more Wednesday worship services, and more events to get us out of the building. We’ve got our Family Fun Night at the end of July (July 28) and we’ll also be in the park a couple of time with our free kids games. Food for Friends will also be continuing all summer long. And then there’s VBS, the youth trip to Philadelphia, confirmation camp and action camp in August . . .

It’s going to be a great summer!!

2015 Annual Report

At St. John’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (7:15 pm), the congregation will review the annual report from 2015 and vote on business for the future of the congregation.

Download the 2015 Annual Report here.

Be sure to take a look at the Narrative Budget as well – it explains the ministry we do together as a congregation and how your financial giving supports that ministry.

Friday Roundup – November 13, 2015

What have we been up to in the last week?

Prayer Pillows Milestone

Last Sunday and Wednesday we celebrated a faith Milestone by presenting 3-year-olds with Prayer Pillows. Throughout the year, they will receive a postcard of prayers to learn with their family, one each month. The pillows are made by Colleen Jacobson and are a gift from St. John’s in part of keeping up with our congregation’s baptismal promises.

Prayer Pillows for 3 yr olds

WELCA Thankoffering

The women of St. John’s celebrated their Women of the ELCA (WELCA) thankoffering on Sunday the 8th. The celebration included bringing food and supplies for  SEMCAC Food Shelf and special offerings which are sent to Churchwide Women of the ELCA. These offerings are then used to support and strengthen our partnership in supporting the important ministry efforts of women. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings. Women have been celebrating Thankofferings since 1889 along with Episcopal and Methodist women. Thankofferings make it possible to support many different programs and organizations.

Kickoff to 12th Grade Quilt Milestone

Each year, high school seniors at St. John’s are invited to receive a quilt from St. John’s upon their graduation. They work throughout the year to choose the fabric and help put the quilt together, so they have to start early! They met for the first time on Sunday. If you missed it, contact Lindsay ( or (507) 634-7110) to get started. Thank you to Jen Smith for coordinating this ministry!

Pastors Mioche & Joas Visited from Haiti

Pastor’s Mioche and Joas visited from Haiti on Wednesday. For 11 years we have supported Pastor Mioche’s ministry. It was great to get an in-person update from them! Read more about this ministry partnership here.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

Operation Christmas Child packing is in full swing and people gathered Wednesday night for another session of packing boxes. Next week starts National Collection Week and other organizations will be brining their packed boxes to St. John’s.

Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12, we had a great visit to Kasson City Hall to express our appreciation for all the people there do to keep our community running. And the new City Administrator was even able to be there!


Family Trip to the Dells

Right now five families from St. John’s having a blast (we hope!) in Wisconsin Dells at an indoor water park. It’s a great excuse to get away and pretend to be somewhere tropical!

November 12 Ministry of Encouragement

Thank you to everyone who helped with our First Ministry of Encouragement to the Fairview Nursing Center.

Our next MOE is Thursday, November 12. We will meet at St. John’s at 9 am and head over to the Kasson City Hall, where we will thank those in the Public Works and the city offices for all the behind work they do to keep things running: plowing streets, repairing roads, providing electricity, maintaining water and sewer service, and answering questions and doing other “City stuff” in the office. We are blessed to live here, so let’s thank some of those who make that possible.

In addition to our words of thanks, we’ll bring certificates and treats. If you can’t come, and want to help, sign up to bring bars, fruit or veggies, drinks, or paper products. To donate or come with, sign up in the office with Pastor Dana. These are powerful events – God always shows up big time!

(More info.)

November Ministry of Encouragement to City Hall

On Thursday, November 12th, we’ll meet at St. John’s at 9:00 am and then go to City Hall at 9:30 for a MOE with the City staff and the Dept of Public Works employees (you know — the people who handle our water and electricity issues and take care of our streets all year around). As always, our goal is simple — to thank them for all the work they do just keeping everything moving. You all already know how fortunate we are to live in this Kasson-Mantorville area, so it makes sense to thank some of the people who make this community such a great place to live.

If you can’t come along, you can still help by providing something — coffee or treats — to take along.

After the first MOE to the Fairview Nursing Center, we received the following comment back from a staff person:

“On behalf of all the staff at Fairview Care Center, I have to say that this was a very moving and heartfelt thank you that really meant a lot to all of us. The food was fabulous and all the kind words will never be forgotten!”

Our First Ministry of Encouragement Visit (MOE)

On Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am we’ll do our first Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit to the Fairview Nursing Center. We will be thanking the Fairview staff for all the work they do for our community. You are invited to participate either by bringing coffee and snacks to St. John’s ahead of time and/or by actually accompanying us over to Fairview. (It’s really important that we get 8-10 people to come along to Fairview so we can show the staff how important their work is.)

Although our visit will be short – only as long as it takes to introduce ourselves and present a certificate of thanks (about 15-20 minutes) – these MOEs are pretty powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community goes largely unnoticed.

Sign up at the Welcome Center or in the office or contact Pastor Dana  (507-634-7110 or if you can help or have any questions.

CKP Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction

CKP001Celebrate Creation Kids Preschool on Oct. 11!

  • Silent Auction
    Wed. Evening, Oct. 7 through 10:30 am Sun., Oct. 11
  • Pancake Breakfast
    Sun., Oct. 11  8:30-10:30 am

Kasson-Mantorville Habitat for Humanity seeking applicants for next homes

St. John’s is proud to be part of the Kasson-Mantroville area Habitat for Humanity. They are now seeking applicants for the next homes to be build in our area:

Need a “hand up” to decent shelter? Habitat for Humanity will be selecting up to two qualified families for the next homes in the Kasson-Mantorville area. Interested applicants must come to one of two pre-application meeting to learn more, and to receive a full application. The mandatory pre-application meetings will be held at First Congregational Church in Mantorville at 515 Walnut Street in Mantorville on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 am. All adults to be named on the mortgage must attend, but each can attend a different meeting. Attendees should make child care arrangements as necessary.

Don’t miss this opportunity to start your new life story!

Read more about KM Habitat for Humanity at

Celebrating St. John’s Quilting Ministry

The quilts that were made this winter and spring have been displayed in the sanctuary this week. During worship, they are being blessed before sending them to Lutheran World Relief. In addition to these quilts, the quilters sold quilts for $1,000 for the Haiti missions. They have also donated 166 large quilts and 55 baby quilts to area organizations and each baby baptized at St. John’s received a quilt.

Thank you to all who have given their time or donated materials to this ministry!

Quilt Sunday 2015 at St John's

Quilting Ministry with a worldwide impact

Thank you to everyone who has been donating fabric, and other materials for quilting. We are also grateful for all the women who come every Wednesday morning to help put the quilts together and the people who sew the tops at home. Because of all these volunteers, we have made many quilts and have already given many away locally and have more to give to Lutheran World Relief.


We have decided to make quilts available for our members to purchase with the profits going to the Haiti Mission Trip in April. We will sell the 60X80 ones for $50 and $25 for the baby ones.

So besides getting a cozy quilt for these cold winter evenings, you will also be contributing to the Haiti Mission. These quilts will be available on Sunday mornings between services beginning March 1st.